Fairview Townhouse Fire Under Investigation

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-91
Date:  November 19, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Saturday, November 17, at approximately 1:15 p.m. in the Fairview area of Fairfax County. The single-family townhouse is located at 5817 Oak Bucket Court.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the front of the middle unit, three-story townhouse upon arrival. The fire was rapidly spreading to the second, third floors, and extending into the attic of the structure. However, firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes, keeping the fire tightly contained. There was significant fire damage to the first floor, and extensive water and smoke damage to the basement and other floors. The lone occupant received a non-life threatening injury and was treated by paramedics at the scene and not transported. One firefighter also received a non-life threatening injury and was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Smoke alarms activated and provided early warning to the resident. The occupant has been displaced and will be assisted by the Red Cross.

Damage is estimated at $95,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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